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Willie Earl Green Released

Willie Earl Green, left, marvels at a couple of cell phones with his attorneys Peter Camiel and Verna Wefald at his side. (Annie Wells / Los Angeles Times)
Willie Earl Green meet jury forewoman Susan Breyer telling her that they will be friends for life. (Annie Wells / Los Angeles Times)
Willie Green smiles at his wife during the hearing Thursday in which his case was dismissed. Green has been in prison for 25 years for a murder that he says he didn’t commit. (Annie Wells / Los Angeles Times)
Defense attorney Peter A. Camiel addresses Judge Stephen A. Marcus. The judge commended the lawyers for their excellent work. “We’re thrilled,” Camiel said of the decision to release Green. “Some people give up. He never gave up,” the lawyer said of his client. (Annie Wells / Los Angeles Times)
Mary Green, wife of Willie Earl Green, stands outside the downtown courthouse. Her husband was charged in a 1983 killing at a South Los Angeles crack house. Four years ago, the sole witness told Green’s legal team he was unsure he had identified the right man during the trial. The witness said he had been high on crack at the time of the killing and did not get a good look at the assailant. He said detectives helped him identify Green. (Annie Wells / Los Angeles Times)